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“The Ballad of Oscar Wilde”

 

Season:             2 episode 12
Series Episode: 51
Air Date:          December 6, 1958

 

Teaser

Quantity, Mr. Carrington, is never a worthy subsitute for quality. Whether it’s in the choice of a book, a play, a friend, or a gun.

 

Employment Solicitations

TRAIN BRIDGES WASHED OUT.
Noted English Author Transfers to Chartered Coach.
Oscar Wilde, The English author, now on a lecture tour of this country, was headed West aboard a Union Pacific train, it was announced last night by Colonel J. L. Carrington, president of the Civic Cultural Society in San Diego.

“Since train bridges are washed out after Gospel Gulch”, said Colonel Carrington. “We are having Mr. Wilde board a special chartered coach for this city. We are taking every precaution to see that he gets here in time.”

 

Billboard
OSCAR WILDE
England’s foremost POET, PLAYWRIGHT, AUTHOR –
Will Lecture on the Subject:
“The American Barbarian”
in San Diego Alden’s Bar
June Sixth at EIGHT.
SOLD OUT

 

Fee

$1000

 

Quotes

There are only two tragedies in this world. One is not getting what one wants and the other is getting it.”
Paladin quoting Oscar Wilde

 

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
Oscar Wilde

 

Kim Chan “Hey Boy” notes that Confucius made a similar comment

 

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.”
Confucius

 

 

Murder’s such a messy business. One should never do anything that he cannot discuss after dinner.”
Oscar Wilde

Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.”
Oscar Wilde

 

I have always preferred other people’s problems because my own bore me.”
Oscar Wilde

 

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.”
Oscar Wilde

 

The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible and those who do the improbable.”
Paladin quoting Oscar Wilde

 

The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 

One must fight fire with fire, extract an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
Paladin quoting the Old Testament

 

If there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”
Bible, Exodus 21:23-25 King James Verison

 

We can’t be too careful in the choice of our enemies.”
Paldine providing Oscar Wilde with a quote

 

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”
Paladin quoting Oscar Wilde

 

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.”
Oscar Wilde, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

 

Cast & Crew Lists

Cast

CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone41Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong51Credited
CarpenterMessengerRobert (F.) Hoy31Credited
"Colonel" J. L. CarringtonPresident of the Civic Cultural Society in San DiegoDavid Lewis42Credited
MatsonBodyguard applicantRoy Engel45Credited
Chris RookBodyguard applicantJack Hogan29Credited
Jim RookBodyguard applicantRichard Shannon38Credited
Oscar WildePoet, playwright, authorJohn O'Malley42Credited
"Colonel" Carrington's secretaryChester (Chet) Stratton48
SailorFelix Locher76Credited
Stage driverDan Sheridan42Credited
Hotel Carlton desk clerkUncredited
Hotel Carlton guestWilliam Meader54Uncredited

 

 

Crew

Director
Richard Whorf
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin

CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterIrving Wallace
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
Story EditorDon Ingalls
ProducerSam Rolfe
Production ManagerGlenn Cook
Director of PhotographyHoward Schwartz
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger, A.C.E.
Film EditorHarry Coswick, A.C.E.
Optical EffectsJack Rabin & Louis DeWitt
Sound EditorRoderick Sound, Inc.
Property MasterMike Gordon
Makeup ArtistDonald (W.) Roberson
Hair Stylist
Madine Danks, C.H.S.
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt



Set DecoratorRaymond Boltz, Jr.

Set DesignPaul Sylos, Jr.
CastingLynn Stalmaster and Associates
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham
Production CompaniesA CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network Production, Filmaster Productions

Recording Company'Westrex Recording System
ATFP (Alliance of TV Film Producers)

 

 

Filming Locations

Sets
Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

 

Closing Credits background
Lone Pine – California, United States of America

 

Historical Reference

Oscar Wilde

 

Geographic References

Devil’s Rock
Gospel Gulch, California, United States of America
San Diego, California, United States of America
San Francisco, California, United States of America


Sources

Have Gun – Will Travel episodes (written, spoken and credits). Internet Movie Database (IMDb), authors (cited), philosophers (cited), poets (cited) and individual observation.

 

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